HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association (NaHHA) is hosting a Hawaiian culture education conference at the Hawai'i Convention Center on Wednesday, August 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Kipa Aloha will be the first conference for the nonprofit since 2008 and aims to educate Hawai'i's hospitality industry and potential attendees of HTA's Tourism Conference happening in the following days.
"Our objective is to present a learning conference to anyone working in the hospitality industry from the activity rentals and restaurants to hotels and retail businesses," says Pohai Ryan, NaHHA's executive director. "We also want this conference to serve as a reminder about the importance of culture in our hospitality industry and how it will reflect in the behaviors of our visitors – hosting with 'aloha' equals respectful visiting."
NaHHA's cultural conference will consist of featured speakers, presentations, interactive workshops and a panel to speak on the Ali'i Residence Museums such as 'Iolani Palace and Queen Emma Summer Palace. An example of the activities include Hawaiian language exercises, learning about the various Hawaiian values, and a case study on Waimea Valley and how it has been revived into a viable visitor destination through focusing on its cultural significance.
The cost to attend Kipa Aloha is $65 and the deadline to register is August 10 ($30 will be refunded to those who attend the entire day). The conference includes continental breakfast and lunch. Door prizes have been provided by companies in the visitor industry and will be given away every hour to conferees.
People may register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kipa-aloha-tickets-17815384294 or for more information contact Malia at (808) 628-6374.